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Baby Proofing Your Home

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Parents do everything they can to keep their little ones safe and out of harm’s way, but sometimes things happen even when you’re being extra careful. Baby-proofing your home may sound intimidating, but these simple tips will save you and your toddler a lot of pain and anguish in the long run. Let’s look at a few important tips that can make your home kid-friendly. Corners and Sharp Edges    Take extra precaution in covering any sharp edges and corners in your home, especially if your baby is starting to crawl or stand. Areas of interest include the coffee table, side table, window ledges, and TV stands. Keep any breakable items out of reach from the little one, and secure bookcases, shoe racks, and any taller pieces of furniture that may topple over. Fireplaces You have a couple different options when it comes to baby-proofing a fireplace. An easy method is to use a baby-proof and fire-proof gate around the hearth itself. If a gate is not a feasible option, consider purchasing a screen for the firebox and using foam cushioning for the hearth. Doors and Cupboards  Prevent your child’s little fingers from getting squished between doors or toilet seats…

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How to “Greenify” Your Home

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Most people in the United States consider themselves to be environmentally friendly, but are we doing everything we can to save our Earth? Earth Day is right around the corner and we wanted to share some handy tips to keep your home and environment green. Invest in Reusable Water Bottles Instead of buying bulk water bottle packages, consider using a filter to get your daily H2O. According to the EPA, Americans consume 50 billion bottles of water every year. These bottles are harmful since most of it end up in landfills. The environmentally-friendly thing to do is purchase a reusable bottle and fill it up with water from a filtered water source. Package and Seal Your House Scan your house for any air that escapes through any nooks and crannies. The amount of energy lost is equivalent to the loss of energy when a window opens. Improve the insulation in your home and it will help conserve energy as a whole. This can also help save some dollars off your utility bills. Sounds like a win-win! Dish Washing Strategy If you plan on running your dishwasher, make sure you are washing full loads. Running your dishwasher for only a few…

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Easter Fun with Family and Friends

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As a springtime holiday, Easter is a favorite time for everyone and another reason to celebrate the day with your family and friends. What better way to do just that than by getting the family together for some egg-dyeing fun, an Easter egg hunt, and indulging in some baked goodies? First thing’s first: getting your home ready for the holiday. Decorating for Easter Decorating your home for Easter can be fun, especially if you’re the type to make things yourself. If you have a bit of a creative streak in you, consider making a cute Easter egg covered wreath for your front door, or turning soup cans into bunny planters complete with googly eyes and cutting out felt fabric for the bunny feet, nose and ears. If you don’t have a hand for creativity, most local crafts shops already sell pre-made Easter decorations. All you have to do is pop in and select your favorite pieces. If you don’t care to add bunnies to your existing home décor, spring flowers or Easter lilies are a nice way to freshen up the look of your home while acknowledging the holiday. Dyeing Easter Eggs Dyeing Easter eggs is one of everyone’s favorite…

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Maintenance Tips For Your Home

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We get our cars serviced regularly and rotate our tires regularly, don’t we? Well, shouldn’t we be doing the same with our homes? Home maintenance doesn’t mean just fixing something when it’s broken. Routine cleanups and maintenance will keep your home in working order, saving you money from major repairs down the line. Let’s look at a few basic things that you can do without having to call a professional so that you can save your hard-earned money. Deep Cleaning Apart from regular cleaning and vacuuming, get to those nooks and crannies—favorite havens for dust bunnies—and clear out any items you may have dumped in the basement last spring. Be sure to check for mold and pay attention to the roof to see if there was any damage sustained during the winter months. Clean up the fireplace for any residual hazardous buildup and check the chimney as well. Electrical Updates Check all the electrical outlets around the house. While you’re doing that, check and make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries, a routine that should be practiced every 6 months. Clean the kitchen hood filters of that built up grease, which can be a fire hazard….

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Buying a Home? Here’s How a Real Estate Agent Can Help

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Congratulations! You’ve finally taken the plunge and are ready to hit the market and find yourself a dream home. It might start with excitement, but all the paperwork and potential in competing with other buyers can be confusing and daunting. For that same reason, having an experienced real estate agent by your side can ensure the process will run smoothly. The Right Price Nobody likes to pay for a house for more than it’s worth, which can be a case in the pricing of a lot of houses in the market. A seasoned buyer’s agent will know the true value of the house based on the location and the condition of the property. Your real estate agent will serve as your guide to helping you find your dream home and for the right price. S/he can negotiate the right price with the listing agent without losing the bid. Your Criteria Looking for the right house can be finding a like a needle in a haystack. An experienced real estate agent makes that task less strenuous by understanding what you want in your home, the location you are interested in, as well as your price range. Once all of that is…

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It’s a Homerun! How Baseball is Like Real Estate

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It’s time to batter up and make that homerun! Spring is here and baseball season is back. Baseball is an exciting past time because it brings us entertainment, the nostalgia of the all-American sport and watching our favorite teams score homeruns. Taking a closer look at the sport, it has a lot of commonality with real estate. 1. Working Together as a Unit Baseball is a team sport and players depend on their teammates to help them score that homerun. Just like in real estate, agents rely on others to help them be their best. Although agents are paid based on individual performance, they still work as a unit when it comes to working together. Sluggers see better pitches because the hitter in front of him got on base. In the cases of real estate, a satisfied client will most likely refer their friends and family to their agent, ensuring long-term success for the agent down the line. Working as a team with your clients and even with your colleagues is generally a guarantee for success. 2. Long Season Compared to any other sport, the baseball season is long, running for approximately six months. Like real estate, agents have long…

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Go Solar, Go Green!

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Earth Day is around the corner and there is more than one reason for people to embrace the green. Whether it’s economic or eco-friendly, your inspiration to go solar would be a great benefit. Here are some benefits of going solar. Reduce Your Electric Bill Most people cringe at the thought of a high electric bill. Being solar friendly can also be friendly to your wallet. This gives you an opportunity to save your hard-earned money and play nice with the environment. With solar panels installed, you rest easy with minimal electric bills. Property Value Homebuyers are attracted to homes with solar energy installations. Often solar homes go off the market faster compared to non-solar homes. Whether you are planning to sell your home now or later, it will be an investment rather than an expense. Either way, who doesn’t want to save some extra dollars and help reduce our carbon footprint with the planet. Environmental Benefits Our environment is our home and we want to keep it strong and sustainable. Going solar has many benefits for the environment, such as limiting greenhouse gas emissions, shrinking your carbon footprint, and reducing demands for fossil fuel. It will take time, but…

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Best Cities to Live In For Foodies

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Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone is somewhat of a “foodie” at heart. Some are more of a self-Yelp “elitist,” while others just simply enjoy eating good food. As a homebuyer, finding the right neighborhood that fits in with your everyday lifestyle is key. In today’s society, people are looking for more than just a home and desire access to high-rated restaurants, cafes, and culture. Here is a short list of the top 5 best food cities for foodies to consider living. Let your stomach guide you to the right home! 1. San Francisco This city is known for many things, and the food is top on the list. The city that started Uber knows what’s up when it comes to gourmet, hole-in-the-wall, ethnic and street food. We are talking about amazing ramen in the TL (Tenderloin), one of a kind burritos and tacos in the Mission, and Neapolitan-style pizza in SOMA. La Taqueria in Mission may have the best tacos in Cali – no joke. Zero Zero is another must try in the SOMA area. The pizza is a party by itself—you won’t be disappointed. If you are looking to take a bite out of SF,…

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5 Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents

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Real estate agents work in precarious situations every day. From holding an open house to driving clients in their personal car, they expose themselves to dangerous situations and people they are not familiar with. Here are 5 safety tips on how to avoid risky situations when interacting with clients and holding an open house. 1. When meeting a client for the first time make sure they come to your office first so you and the rest of your colleagues can meet them. Ask them for their identification and tell them it is your company’s policy for safety reason. Get to know your client and follow your instincts. 2. When holding an open house make sure you put signs all around the area and introduce yourself to neighbors to ensure that everyone is aware you are hosting this event. 3. Check the home for all escape routes and make sure all locks are unlocked to ensure a quick escape in case of an emergency. 4. Avoid being at the home alone and always bring a colleague to help you show the home. Never walk in front of clients, but rather guide them from behind and avoid small confined rooms. 5. When…

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What $300,000 Gets You!

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Have you ever wondered what you can get for $300,000? Perhaps you can get seven cars, ten diamond rings, and an unlimited supply of shoes. In this case, $300,000 can get you a home. Here are some homes for just $300,000. Arizona: $299,900; 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom; 3,247 Sq. Ft. There’s no place like home, and this spacious 4-bedroom beauty is no exception. The beautiful private courtyard welcomes you home right before you enter the house, where you’ll want to put your legs up, open a bottle of wine, and unwind your cares away. With huge bedrooms and a sizeable backyard, this home is perfect for families and for entertaining guests. California: $300,000; 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom; 851 Sq. Ft. If you’re in the market for a small family home, this lovely little stunner in Southern California may be the gem for you. This condo is located conveniently near several shopping centers and malls, parks, and the freeway. Nevada: $300,000; 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom; 2,158 Sq. Ft. This attractive property is perfect for a small family. With a semi-open floor plan and a spacious backyard for BBQ parties and low-key family events, this place has a lot of potential for fun and entertainment.   Finding a…

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